When it comes to decorating your home, there’s an abundance of styles to choose from. Over the last decade the interior design landscape has broadened beyond seasonal trends and the occasional style update; now, it brims with an endless list of combinations, each drawing inspiration from different fashions, cultures and eras.
This abundance of interior styles can prove difficult. For some, it is difficult to decipher which works best. With cross-over and similarities comes confusion, too – do you desire a contemporary living space, or a modern one? Are you best suited to an Art Deco look, or Hollywood Glam?
The interior design experts at Interior Goods Direct have decided it’s time to demystify the ever-expanding world of interior design. We have selected ten of the most popular styles, and explain the best fit for your personality. Simply browse through the list, carefully consider each collection of words, and select the one that appeals to you. You may also find that two or three groupings resonate with you – and that’s normal. In this case, a measured blend of each style will prove the most suitable.
Are you ready to discover which interior style best suits your personality? Read on…
1. Stable | Slick | Strong | Clear
For design that is clean, crisp and uncluttered, choose a Modern interior style. The term is relatively broad, referring to slick design, simple colours and a serious case of form following function. Of course, this doesn’t mean that modern interiors aren’t aesthetically pleasing. In fact, it is tremendously easy on the eye, its clearness and simplicity allowing for focus on key items, such as a statement mirror or a striking light fixture.
2. Neutral | Curves | Smooth | Fluid
If you’ve a penchant for modernity but prefer softer interpretations of shape, line and form, then Contemporary interior styles are best for you. The key difference between contemporary and modern is the fluidity of it; contemporary favours large, curving lines and layered tones, whilst modern design plays it safe with linear shapes. Contemporary design relies heavily on shades of cream, taupe and mink. Furniture is made from light wood with minimal graining, with accents of glass, chrome and copper.
3. Organic | Simple | Light | Warm
This design style pays homage to the heartwarming, family-focused cultures of our Nordic cousins. Scandi, short for Scandinavian, demonstrates the true weight of simple, understated design. All-white colour palettes allow some pops of colour through plastic, metal and wood, as well as heavy soft furnishings in natural tones. Lighting is everything in Scandi design, so incorporate plenty of light sources and mirrors. Rugs and blankets are also a must, ensuring that your space is warm and welcoming.
4. Classic | Deep | Diverse | Ornate
Traditional design demonstrates deep-rooted European sensibilities. There is a focus on the classic and the sumptuous, with rich dark woods and strong, bold shapes taking the lead. A great example of traditional design comes in the form of Chesterfield sofas. High-end fabrics are also a highlight in traditional design, including velvets, leathers and Baroque patterns. This style, unlike its modern alternatives, brings depth and drama, with an unabashed confidence to mix different eras, materials and colours.
5. Abstract | Raw | Functional | Urban
A style that merges masculinity, modernity and unfinished rawness, Industrial is the perfect choice for those that prefer rough-and-ready interiors. As its name implies, this interior style takes inspiration from industry in the form of warehouses, mills and workshops. Expect exposed bricks, crude wood and sheets of metal, complete with trendy light pendants and expansive pieces of art. Industrial colour schemes are generally inoffensive, though primary colours work well amongst the neutrality.
6. Fresh | Bright | Mellow | Airy
For design that can momentarily transport you to a beach on west coast, choose Coastal. This style combines a bright and breezy colour palette (shades of blue, green, cream and yellow) with super soft furnishings. Shells, stones and other natural elements can be utilised as ornaments, why materials included yarn and cotton help to complete the look. In terms of patterns, stripes play a big role in Coastal interiors, though modern twists have seen the introduction of hearts and stars, too.
7. Striking | Harmony | Contrast | Fusion
If you’re a fan of trend-led modern design but enjoy the quality of classic pieces, Transitional interiors are best for you. This style is growing in popularity, owed to its borrowing from both contemporary and traditional design. It’s important to strike the right balance, however, creating a space that its harmonious rather than cluttered. Transitional design effectively fuses and unites different shapes, lines and fabrics. One of the greatest traits of a transitional space is the combination of metal or glass with plush furnishings.
8. Luxury | Plush | Bold | Antique
This interior design style nods towards both Hollywood glamour and Art Deco inspiration. It is opulent and over the top, but achieves a charming feel rather than brashness or kitsch. This design style is referred to as Glam or Glamour, and it is perfect for those wanting to make a real statement. Elements of Victorianism feed into the look, and there’s a big focus on jewel tones including ruby, emerald and turquoise. Antiques also play a big part in glamorous design, which makes it perfect for collectors.
9. Feminine | Soft | Sentimental | Details
Shabby Chic interiors are soft and feminine, enjoying the smallest details that make the biggest impact. Shabby chic items are often distressed to appear aged and rustic, such as white paint worn off the edges of furniture. The colour scheme is almost always white, cream, pastel pink and baby blue, with polkadots, florals and love hearts often present in fabrics. Shabby chic is a delicate and delightful design style that works well in bedrooms and kitchens, creating a cosy and feminine space that’s very easy on the eye.
10. Streamlined | Spacious | Clarity | Clean
For design that is defined ultimately by functionality, choose Minimalism. This style borrows notion of modern, contemporary and Scandi design, but simplifies them further, creating spaces that are large and clear. Minimalism embraces only the necessary, which emphasises every single aspect of the design; details are everything, excess is shunned. Minimalist spaces have the distinct ability to bring peace, their space and clarity helping to settle a busy mind.